This app monitors program logs and screenshots to keep track of employees – consensually, of course

Remember the story in 2013 about the developer who outsourced his entire job to China and spent his days surfing Reddit and watching cat videos?

The rogue employee eventually got the hook after activity from VPN logs picked up China even though he was sat at his desk. Yet with this app, he probably would have been stopped sooner.

Meet Weagill. The app, launched last week by Weiskleint Enterprise in Denmark,...

By James Bourne, 04 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Security.

New figures show encouraging BYOD usage in healthcare

More than two thirds of healthcare organisations say some form of bring your own device (BYOD) is allowed in their hospitals – up 13% from this time last year.

That is the verdict from Spok, a secure communications provider for clinical industries. The study, whose results were put in an infographic, polled more than 350 healthcare executives, and not surprisingly found data security the biggest reason why organisations were concerned about a BYOD model.

Physicians...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

UK employees ‘largely optimistic’ around impact of automation on working practices

Workers in the UK are ‘largely optimistic’ about the impact automation will have in the workplace, according to a new report from Workfront.

More than four in five (84%) of the 2,000 office workers surveyed by the company agreed with the sentiment that “the use of automation in the workplace will let us think of work in new and innovative ways”, with a similar number (82%) saying similar with the chance “to learn new things as the workforce moves towards more...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Productivity.

How citizen developers are enabling digital transformation

Digital transformation requires not just a new set of technologies, but also a rethinking of processes and roles.

Part of this shift in mindset involves letting citizen developers—those with no formal development experience—find and create digital solutions to current business processes that are causing problems. These processes were traditionally the responsibility of IT departments, but they are moving to the line of business, where those who best understand the problem are. And why do they know...

By Ann Monroe, 26 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

AI seen as a job creator rather than a job destroyer, asserts CCS Insight

It’s often been the more optimistic viewpoint that instead of making employees redundant, artificial intelligence (AI) will free workers up to be more creative. Yet hard data now backs up that assertion in the form of a new report from CCS Insight.

The study, which polled more than 650 employees across five regions, found that while 70% of respondents fear AI will affect their job in the coming decade, only 13% say the technology is affecting them currently. Despite this, one in three see artificial...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

MobileIron’s latest release focuses on increasing and securing enterprise Mac deployments

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider MobileIron has announced its latest Apple release, which aims to help companies deliver more Macs – and secure them – into their organisation.

The company is going down the millennial route in explaining the increasing prominence of Macs, with VP strategy Ojas Rege telling this publication it is a “perfect storm” for the Apple devices. The press materials cite studies from Moosylvania and Brand Keys – the latter admittedly being two...

By James Bourne, 06 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Security.

Dell unveils new rugged tablet with British Army seal of approval

Dell has announced the launch of a new rugged tablet which aims to help field services workers thrive whatever the conditions.

The rugged device, called the Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet, offers up to 16 GB of memory – double that of previous iterations – a multi-touch glove capable display, as well as a variety of handles and straps aimed at ease of use and comfort for mobile environments.

Dell has a variety of punishing environments to test these devices – as

By James Bourne, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

The post-digital generation: How connectivity is changing the workplace

In the month up to December 2016, it is estimated that there will be 42.4 million smartphone users in the UK. In January 2017, the Labour Force Survey found that there were 31.85 million people in employment. When there are 10.55 million more smartphones per user than there are employees in the UK, it becomes clear how and why the smartphone has changed our day-to-day working practices — but is it for better or for worse?

Research has suggested that seven out of 10 18-24 year olds check their phones in...

By Lee Dover, 21 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Slack and Docker up their enterprise game with latest releases

Slack and Docker’s latest product releases are both targeting the enterprise, with the former issuing security updates and supporting enterprise mobility management (EMM) and the latter aiming to bring containers as a service (CaaS) to the enterprise application portfolio.

Admins on Enterprise Grid, Slack’s enterprise-themed product – which this publication has previously covered – can...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Analysing Apple DEP and how it enhances EMM

Enterprise technology has always been a target for hackers, so why are IT teams working harder than ever to protect company data? After all, security systems have never been more advanced.

In today’s digital business landscape, cutting-edge technology can be a double-edged sword. Employees enjoy the efficiency and freedom smartphones provide, but attackers are also using these devices to breach enterprise security at an alarming rate. In fact, 

By MOBI, 17 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Security.

Research calls for ‘new breed of executive’ to step up on digital transformation

A new report from Robert Half UK argues that payroll and accounts jobs are highly likely to face automation by 2022.

The study, titled ‘Digital Transformation and the Future of Hiring’, polled more than 200 interviews with senior finance executives, and found that 87% of executives recognised the positive impact a growing reliance on technology holds for organisations.

According to respondents, digital processes will be extended to manual data entry tasks, with financial modelling, generating...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Productivity.

Juniper forecasts in-flight Wi-Fi services to proliferate by 2022

In its recently released whitepaper titled “The Top 4 Disruptors of In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity”, Juniper Research has projected that commercial aircraft adopting in-flight Wi-Fi services will reach 14,419 globally by 2022. The prediction is up from an estimation of 5,243 in 2017, which means that over half of the global fleet will offer such services in 2022, compared with just under a quarter in 2017.

The increase is mainly driven by the impact of the BYOD (bring your own device)...

By Enterprise CIO, 11 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Cloud , Employees.

Latest research shows continued issues with enterprise mobility initiatives

The vast majority of executives polled by enterprise information management (EIM) provider M-Files say their employees have difficulty locating documents when working outside of the office.

The study, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne, quizzed 250 UK-based IT decision makers, and found more than half of respondents (51%) said they would like the ability to access company documents, or be able to edit them, when working remotely or on a mobile device.

44% of those polled added they wanted the ability to...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Assessing agile project management and its place in the modern workplace

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Agile project management methodologies have gained a lot of traction in the project management space in recent years, largely thanks to the flexibility and speed agile can offer organisations. However, agile methodologies are still often perceived as only applicable for software development teams. Many project managers miss out on the benefits of adopting an agile approach because of this misconception.

What is agile project management?

Originally pioneered in software development...

By Greg Bailey, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Development, Employees, Productivity.

Google aims to utilise G Suite for new hiring app aimed at smaller businesses

Google has announced the launch of Hire, an app aimed at helping small and medium businesses in the recruitment process.

The app combines with G Suite, Google’s set of intelligent apps, including Gmail, Docs, Drive and Calendar, to help ‘efficiently manage the interview process end to end’, in the company’s words.

Organisations can communicate with candidates in Gmail or Hire, with emails syncing automatically in both, schedule interviews through Hire and Calendar, and analyse...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Four in five organisations concerned digital transformation is leaving them behind

Another day, another report which warns against slow progress when it comes to digital transformation: according to a study from Couchbase, 80% of organisations are at risk of being left behind.

The survey from the NoSQL database firm, which polled 450 heads of digital transformation – in other words, CIOs, CTOs and CDOs (chief digital officers) – found that the vast majority (89%) said their industry was either already being disrupted by digital technology or that it was a ‘matter of...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, IoT.

Is a lack of creativity stifling workplace productivity?

Plenty of reports have hit the headlines regarding the UK’s seemingly low levels of productivity – but is stifling creativity a further problem?

According to new research issued by Microsoft, uninspiring workplaces, stress, and a lack of room for individual concentration are all contributing to the risk of a ‘creativity crisis’.

The study, put together by Microsoft Surface representing the views of more than 1,100 employees, also found existing workloads and organisational processes...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

Kony report reveals continued dissatisfaction with enterprise apps

It feels like a line which has been endlessly repeated – but a new study reveals how organisations are still unimpressed with their enterprise apps.

The study, from enterprise app provider Kony alongside Wakefield Research, surveyed more than 1,000 line of business executives and found that while for 98% of respondents specific mobile apps would be a boon for their organisation, user experience, cost, and maintenance remain big issues.

Two thirds (65%) of those polled admitted they were not entirely...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Digital transformation drivers uncovered in Dimension Data report

62% of business and IT leaders polled by Dimension Data say they expect to have technology such as virtual advisors in their organisations within the next two years, while gaining competitive advantage and improving business processes were cited as key reasons to move to digital transformation.

The study, whose findings appear in the paper ‘The Digital Workplace Report: Transforming Your Business’, polled 850 participants at organisations with at least 1,000 employees.

Looking at the European...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employees, Productivity.

Companies failing to heed warnings on employee deprovisioning, research warns

More than half of employees surveyed by identity management provider OneLogin admit they still have access to corporate applications from former employers.

The study, which was based on a survey of 500 US-based IT decision makers, found that almost half (44%) of respondents lack confidence that former employees have been removed from corporate networks. A quarter of those polled said their organisation takes more than a week to remove a former employee from their records, while another quarter did not know...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Identity, Security.